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Portsmouth Plan New Training Ground In The City

Tue 20th May 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Portsmouth FC will have a long-term training base in the city from later this year after a deal to create a modern training centre for the club at the Roko Health Club site on Copnor Road, has been signed. 

The agreement will see Pompey invest significant funds to initially create two state-of-the-art training pitches, as well as integrate and re furbish the existing football changing rooms and Player Lounge facilities at the rear of the site. The club will also install offices for football department staff and create a purpose-designed fitness suite for the players.

The club has signed a long term lease with Roko, whose Health Club services and facilities at the Copnor Road site will be unaffected. Local football club Pickwick will also benefit with their teams moving their training and playing operation to Alexandra Park after the City Council joined with Roko and PCFC to help find them a long term new home. 

Contractors have been working on the site since April and the club hopes to be using the facility by the end of the summer. In the meantime the club will continue to use its training facility at the University of Portsmouth.

Pompey Chief Executive Mark Catlin, said: “We are delighted with this deal and are very grateful to Roko, the council and Pickwick FC for making it happen. It is further tangible evidence of our commitment to rebuild the club to ensure it can continue to grow sustainably in the future.

“Andy Awford and his staff have all been involved in the discussions and they are looking forward to using the new training ground which is being designed to their specification. We see these works as a first phase and if, as we are confident, the club continues to progress, the site can be expanded and developed.” 

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “It has been good for the City Council to be part of a plan for the Football Club to have a long term training base here in the city. By the city council, football club, Roko's and Pickwick working together we have found a solution that works for everyone.” 

Phil Scott, Chairman of Pickwick FC, added: “We are sad to be leaving our home ground at Roko Sports Centre, however we are excited at the prospect of relocating to Alexandra Park, where we will be able to increase the number of pitches we currently have at Roko, this will better accommodate our 26 teams.”

Image: REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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